$2.5 million boost for homeless service

St Mary's House of Welcome will receive a $2.5million injection form the Federal Governnment.

The welfare agency, established by the Daughters of Charity in Fitzroy Melbourne over 45 years ago, helps the homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people. Several of its programs cater for those who suffer from mental health issues.

Prime Minister John Howard said the Federal Government will make a contribution of $2.5 million to support the redevelopment of the site.

St Mary's CEO Tony McCosker said he was delighted with the announcement as it was "great news for homeless and disadvantaged people.

"The current building has passed its use-by date and is inadequate for the services we want to provide in the future," Mr McCosker said.

"This funding will enable us to provide a Health clinic, a designated space for women, education and training facilities, consulting rooms and a safe refuge for the homeless".

The Manager of the St Mary's Day Centre, Sr Roseanne Murphy DC said the grant recognised the tremendous work of the Daughters of Charity over many years.

"Every dollar that has been received in the past has been spent on client needs; we did not have the resources to redevelop the building for what is required today," Sr Murphy said.

The total cost of the redevelopment project will be $5 million.

Federal Government supports St Mary's redevelopment, St Mary's House of Welcome media release (11/10/07)

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17 Oct 2007